2011 Press Releases

  • Exercising Harder—and Shorter—Can Help Type 2 Diabetes

    Released December 12, 2011 - Regular exercise has proven benefits in preventing and treating type 2 diabetes, but many patients find it tough to meet the American Diabetes Association guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a week. A new study suggests that there could be a better way. In a small proof-of-principle study in eight type 2 diabetes patients, the researchers found that exercising at a very high intensity, but for a mere 30 minutes a week within a 75 minute total time commitment, lowered overall blood sugar concentrations, reduced post-meal blood sugar spikes, and increased skeletal mitochondrial capacity, a marker of metabolic health. The findings suggest that exercising harder, but in a significantly shorter amount of time, could provide benefits similar to longer, but more moderate, activity.
  • Have Brain Fatigue? A Bout of Exercise May be the Cure

    Released September 16, 2011 - Researchers have discovered that regular exercise increases mitochondria in brain cells, a potential cause for exercise’s beneficial mental effects.
  • In Heart Disease, Men and Women are Different

    Released August 15, 2011 - When it comes to heart disease, men and women are different. Our October 2011 conference focuses on the role of gender in cardiovascular disease, a disease that kills more women than breast cancer.
  • Exercise-Numerous Beneficial Effects on Brain Health & Cognition

    Released July 25, 2011 - Think exercise is only good for your body? A new review article based on more than 100 animal and human studies outlines all the ways it’s good for the brain.
  • When Warming Up for the Cycling Race, Less is More

    Released June 16, 2011 - A Canadian study comparing the effects of an intense warm-up with those of a shorter, less strenuous warm-up on the performance of 10 highly trained track cyclists revealed that the shorter warm-up produced less muscle fatigue yet more peak power output.
  • Key Found to Next Generation’s Disease

    Released June 13, 2011 - Texas researchers have produced the strongest evidence yet that vulnerability to type 2 diabetes can begin in the womb, providing insight into the mechanisms of the disease that has reached epidemic proportions.
  • Aerobic Exercise May Improve Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

    Released April 13, 2011 - Walking on a treadmill for one hour a day may slow the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in obese people with prediabetes by jump-starting their metabolism and slowing the oxidative damage wrought by the condition.
  • Physiology Researcher Using Batman to put POW! into Physiology

    Released March 4, 2011 - Physiologist E. Paul Zehr writes about how he uses the Batman character to discuss the various components of exercise and physical training and illustrate how the body’s physiological systems respond.